Hey guys! First and foremost I would like to thank Rich Gaspari along and Team Gaspari
for providing me with the great opportunity to be a part of the team! It is an absolute honor to represent a company and brand of such magnitude, and I look forward to an exciting future with Gaspari!
This first entry into my blog has to do with being a student at the University of Illinois as well as an intern at a law firm and an IFBB Physique athlete. With three time consuming activities in my life, many ask me how I have time to focus on training. When living a busy life, as we all do, finding time for food prep, eating meals, training and recovery, can be a challenge. My answer to all of that is similar to how I would respond to anything in life, if you want something bad enough you will make it happen. Effort must be put in to achieve goals. To put it into perspective, one must look at priorities in his or her life along with other factors such as schedules and other obligations. Once you have figured out what your priorities are, rank them. The priorities that you want to achieve the most are the ones for which you must put in the most time and effort. At the same time, those that aren’t a part of your high priority list, you put in minimal time to do. For me, working out, training, and eating properly are high priorities. To fit these tasks into my schedule I do them before, in between, or after class and work. If that means that I chug a protein shake during class, or I bring gym clothes with me to hit chest after work, I do it. By planning for these tasks during your typical day, you should be able to find those random moments where you have a few minutes to eat or change for the gym. Staying motivated as well as having a support group of like minded individuals also encourages you to continue and remain consistent with what you need to do in order to stay on track with training. Once you have perfected the routine, as in all things, it becomes easier and less hectic for you to fit in 6 meals into a day on top of working out. It would be a lie to say I did it only for competition, but I have come to realize that I prefer the lifestyle and the benefits that come with it. The lifestyle provides me with evidence of my gains in and out of the gym. I live a happier and healthier life, and I have also been able to excel in the Men’s Physique Division. For these reasons, along with many others, I have learned that I truly want to train harder, that I want to eat healthier and work towards presenting the best physique that I can on stage. With that being said, I do everything in my power to make it happen. An important side note to this all, is that balance in life is key, and although I place training, being healthy, and competing on a high level, I make sure that my studies, work, and social life are never compromised. Finding that balance in life is key and all more beneficial for you to achieve the goals that you want to in life. No one ever said it would be easy, that’s what makes it more gratifying when you see gains and are acknowledged for what you have accomplished. Now get up, go get it, and make it happen!
Thanks to all those reading my first blog! I hope I was informative and wrote on a topic that was relevant to you. Keep an eye out for me in my pro debut at the IFBB Grand Prix in Culver City, CA. on April 13th!
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